Monday, October 08, 2007

Nelson Mandela Paints

A few weeks ago I was in Sydney, Australia where I stumbled upon Touch Galleries on Hickson Road (alas - the street wasn't name for one of MY relatives!), just blocks from the Sydney Opera House and Bridge. A huge two-story cloth-like banner waved gentle in front of the brick building announcing an exhibit of artwork by Nelson Mandela. I never realized Mr. Mandela could paint!

The stark, colored images include scenes from Robben Island, its Tower, the Courtyard, Tennis Court and hospital Ward. The original limited edition lithographs sold in the four and five digit range - more expensive than a really fancy sewing machine! There were no postcards or any affordable items to bring home, save this free gallery brochure. I wonder if Mr. Mandela quilts, too?

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